Health Board: Avoid public transport where possible

head of the Health Board's northern regional office.
head of the Health Board's northern regional office. Source: Siim Lõvi/ERR

The Health Board is advising people to avoid taking short trips on public transport and to walk or cycle instead as this is where the majority of contact with coronavirus (COVID-19) carriers is taking place.

Ester Öpik, head of the Northern Regional Department of the Health Board, said on Wednesday data has shown people are contracting coronavirus in shops or on public transport.

Öpik said it is not always possible to completely stop using public transport, but if the weather is good and the journey is short it would be better to avoid the bus, tram or train.

If the vehicle is busy, such as during rush hour, and the journey cannot be avoided or delayed, a mask should be worn, she said. Mask should be disposed of after use.

Tallinn Transport: You don't have to give up the bus due to fear

The head of Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS (TLT) Deniss Boroditš said, of course, in the interests of a healthy lifestyle as well as city traffic, it is good to travel by foot if possible, but this is not necessary due to fear.

"The TLT team makes efforts every day to ensure good travel conditions in all public transport. We hope that passengers will ensure their own well-being and that of their passengers by keeping still, disinfecting their hands and wearing face masks," said Boroditch.

Boroditš said the company has mobile cleaning brigades at final stops and throughout the schedule, who clean the surfaces on public vehicles several times a day, similarly to the peak of the virus in April.

He said TLT is preparing to introduce innovative materials to make surfaces of public transport and the transport of passengers even safer. 

"For example, we are considering the introduction of a nanocoating, the use of ozonation, an environmentally friendly air purification system, and a coating of handrails and supports with copper stickers," he said.


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